On April 11th, 2011, I recieved the scariest news of my life. It was about my, then, 6 year old nephew. When I heard the words 'Kaleb has Leukemia', I lost my breath. It was days before I was able to talk to Taylor & Heather (Kaleb's parents and my brother & sister-in-law). They were numb and scared. What do you say to someone, when you know there is nothing you can say, to heal their pain?
They trudged through the worst of it and came out stronger, more beautiful people because of it. Life has its funny way of doing that. After two years of good days, hard days, chemotherapy, spinal taps, hospital stays and clinic; the doctors declared Kaleb, then 8 years old, cancer free! Relief doesn't even begin to describe the feeling of knowing that we could finally put the past behind us.
Not quite a year and a half later, Kaleb started having pain and an unexplained fever. We feared the worst. The cancer was back.
Here we are, 4 years later, fighting the same battle, once again, that plagued our sweet Kaleb.
Watching Kaleb, who just turned 10, cope with fighting cancer, is incredible. He is so wise beyond his years. To know him, is to love him. Kaleb is an artist and a storyteller. He loves cooking and going to school (when he is able), and playing with his best buddies, and his brother and sister. He builds Legos, idolizes Batman and Harry Potter and loves spending time with his friends and family. He is a normal kid with an extrodinary gift of humility and wisdom. He is HILARIOUS. Always has been. When he was a toddler, we always said he was an old soul. It is still the truth now. I can't wait to see the incredible things he will do when he grows up. That kid is destined for greatness.
His little brother, Noah, and little sister, Hannah, have watched Kaleb battle this ugly thing called cancer, twice now. They, along with Taylor and Heather, are his backbone; His 'happy' when he's sad; His 'light' when it seems dark; And his 'fun' when the chemo is getting the best of him. The 5 of them make the best team and I am so proud to call them family. Sometimes people get so caught up with what Kaleb is going through, they forget to look at the two little ones standing right next to him, fighting the battle along side him. I am amazed by their strength and fortitude.
It is my goal to raise enough money to pay his bills in full, then donate any remaining funds to childhood cancer research (because 4% of research dollars to study childhood cancer is not enough!)The last thing I want them to worry about, is money. They need for focus on curing Kaleb.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your prayers, positive thoughts and your donation to Kaleb's medical bills. The money will be sent directly to pay off his bills.
My duo, Hadley Park, along side my father, Grammy award winning Songwriter, Richard Leigh, will be performing at Old Bust Head Brewery on May 28th at 8:30pm, as an official kickoff to Kaleb's fundraising efforts! Since today is a day to be remembered in our family, this will be our unofficial kick off day. Let's get this started off right!
Visit Kaleb's GoFundMe Page....
With love and gratitude,
Morgan Leigh Garner (Kaleb's aunt)